NM police officer in van shooting to appeal firing

Updated: 12/09/2013 1:45 PM | Created: 12/09/2013 9:19 AM
By: The Associated Press

TAOS FE, N.M. (AP) - A New Mexico State Police officer who fired shots at a minivan full of children during a chaotic October traffic stop in Taos plans to appeal his firing.
Attorneys for Elias Montoya say the veteran officer intends to file an appeal for wrongful termination.
Montoya was fired Friday by State Police Chief Pete Kassetas one day after a disciplinary hearing.
Video from a police cruiser's camera has drawn national attention.
The video showed Montoya shooting at the minivan as a Memphis, Tenn., woman drove away from a chaotic traffic stop after an officer knocked out her van's window with a baton.
Oriana Farrell had been stopped by another State Police officer for speeding. She fled twice after that officer attempted to give her a ticket and then arrest her.

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New Mexico State Police terminated Elias Montoya on Friday.

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